How to Join Book Editing Associates

Updated April 29, 2019

Book Editing Associates needs COPY EDITORS, PROOFREADERS, and PUBLISHING CONSULTANTS with traditional and self-publishing experience.

The ideal candidate will be able to perform all levels of editing from development/substantive to copyediting and proofreading. Because definitions and levels of editing are often confusing and interchangeable, copyediting/proofreading is considered one category.

Copyediting/proofreading applicants must pass the find-the-errors proofreading test to be able to offer proofreading services on our sites.

Professional copyeditors and proofreaders needed for these categories.

  • Christian
  • Jewish
  • Children (picture and chapter books)
  • Science Fiction / Horror / Speculative Fiction
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Women’s Fiction / Romance Novels
  • New Age (fiction and nonfiction)
  • Spirituality
  • LGBT (female)
  • Short Stories


Details and application below.

The matchmaking process:

Writers review our sites and select editors based on posted credentials. Writers use the submission form to select up to 3 editors. Review the bios on our site. Send your CV/resume and booklist if you have the background and editing credentials similar to the editors currently in the network. Network members work directly with clients, accept payment directly from clients, remain freelance/independent contractors in relation to Book Editing Associates, are free to accept or reject submissions, and should be willing to work with novice writers.

Network members must have at least 10 published titles (as editor/proofreader) to be posted in a category.

Entry test …

Qualified applicants will be sent a short copyediting and proofreading test. Developmental editors are not required to pass the proofreading test but all applicants in every category take the test. Failed tests are not marked and returned.

Many of our editors have been part of this freelance network for over a decade. Preference will be given to applicants who intend to commit long-term.

Do not respond if you are not an experienced editor, failed our tests within the past 2 years, cannot make a 2-year (minimum) commitment to the network, maintain a moderate/heavy editing workload from other sources, or do not meet these basic requirements:

  • You must be 100% freelance (no day job). No exceptions.
  • 5+ years of editing experience and a track record of published books that you have edited (traditional and self-published).
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word’s tracking and comment features. Your version of Word must be 2010 or later.
  • Ability to check e-mail several times each day (including once per day on weekends). Our policy is a 3-hour (max) response time during US work hours (e.g., 8a-5p central time zone).
  • Consistent availability (Some categories are high volume. Do not apply if you tend to stay busy and are only looking for “fill in” work.)
  • You must be based in the US..

Ethical policies

Freelance editors in this network:

  • must use written contracts/service agreements that specify the scope of the project, the cost per word/per page/per hour, and payment methods
  • may only offer services related to the tests passed (e.g., developmental editors and writers who do not pass the copyediting or proofreading tests may not offer copyediting or proofreading services through this network)
  • may not subcontract projects to other editors
  • must be willing to turn down projects that cannot (subjectively) be improved with the editor’s input
  • must provide all network clients with a feedback form that is returned to the network coordinator


No phone calls

Do not use the chat button

No hard-copy resumes

No inquiries about “how to become an editor”

No free advice

No trainees / entry-level

Resumes without book lists will not be considered.

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